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July 2, 2012
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Sierra County deputy shoots suspect in NSJ bar incident

A Sierra County Sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a man suspected of brandishing a firearm in a North San Juan bar Sunday, after the man allegedly refused to stop and threatened the deputy with his vehicle.

Nevada County had issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory for the man, whose name had not being released as of press time.

A bartender and customer at the Brass Rail in North San Juan called 911 at about 1:20 a.m. to report the man was screaming at people and brandishing the weapon, said Sgt. Bob Jakobs. While deputies were responding to the bar on Highway 49, the witnesses apparently were able to force the man outside and locked themselves in the building, Jakobs said.

The man reportedly got in his vehicle and left, driving northbound on Highway 49.

A Sierra County Sheriff's deputy on patrol located the suspect vehicle driving south of Goodyears Bar a little after 2 a.m., according to a press release by Sierra County Sheriff John Evans. The deputy tried to make a traffic stop, but the man allegedly failed to yield and accelerated through the town of Downieville at high speeds.

Several miles north of Downieville, the vehicle stopped and "threatened" the deputy; it was not clear what action was taken and no further information was available at press time. The deputy fired a shot, striking the suspect, Evans said in the press release.

The deputy was not injured; the suspect is recovering in the hospital and is awaiting arrest on felony charges in both counties upon his release.

Anyone with information regarding the precipitating events in North San Juan is requested to contact Nevada County Sheriff's Capt. Shannan Moon at 265-7880. Anonymous information can be left for Evans toll free by calling (888) 2-SHERIFF or (888) 274-3743, which is a confidential voice message received only by Evans.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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